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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Tim Cook
CEO of Apple Inc.
KQED 09/16/2014
Cook: For us on the Snowden thing, we wanted tore instantly transparent because rumors were written in the press that people backdoored our servers. None of that is true. Zero. We would never allow that to happen. They would have to cart us out in a box before we would do that. If we ever get information -- and we finally got agreement from the national government to release how many times we had national security requests on Apple and it's between 0 and 250 that's the lowest number you can quote, 0 to 250. Rose: Could have been 1 or it could have been 249 Cook: Correct. So you can tell we have hundreds of millions of customers, so it's a very rare instance there has been any data asked.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
KQED 09/19/2014
Javers: We had the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper here today speaking before a crowd. He said that this represents one of the big threats to the U.S. intelligence community. Take a listen. Clapper: The strategic environment also includes the recent factors that affect intelligence community capabilities. What I have referred to on the hill as the perfect storm that’s dogging and degrading our capabilities, the theft and leak of NSA and IC documents and loss of collection as a result. The resulting damage relationships with foreign and corporate partners. Javers: Now, when Clapper talks about corporate partners there he’s not talking specifically about Apple because this speech was presumably written before the Apple news. But he is talking about a about a concern that intelligence agencies have that they’re gong to get a lack of cooperation across the board going forward.
Eamon Javers
CNBC Washington Reporter
KQED 09/19/2014
Mathisen: So Eamon, is this really the caption on this, how Edward Snowden changed American business? Javers: Yeah, absolutely, the Snowden disclosures as you saw Clapper say right there really led a lot of American companies to reevaluate what their cooperation is here with intelligence and whether it’s good for their bottom lines or not. And it raises sort of an existential question about what companies' responsibilities are here to law enforcement and to intelligence and to the United States versus to their customers. Gharib: What is corporate America's obligation to the country and to their customers? Javers: You know, there is a legal answer to that question, which is that they have to follow the letter of the law and if they get a warrant and have the ability to turn over the information they have to do that. And then there is sort of a moral and political and ideological answer to that question that I'm not qualified to give you. But every company is wrestling with this in a lot of spheres.
Eamon Javers
CNBC Washington Reporter
KQED 09/19/2014
Javers: Well, the big change here is that Apple is no longer going to keep your password on hand, so the encryption on the system will be impossible for Apple to break even if it wanted to. So that means that if law enforcement goes to Apple or intelligence agencies go to Apple with a request for information on a particular target of their surveillance, Apple will be unable to comply with that request. That’s the kind of thing that’s got intelligence agencies here in Washington very nervous about U.S. tech companies sort of moving away and cooperating less frequently with the government.
Hari Sreenivasan
Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend
KQED 09/20/2014
Sreenivasan: Word tonight that the United States has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe. This, according to an Associated Press story, that quotes current and former American officials. Under the stand-down order, the AP says case officers are forbidden from so-called unilateral operations, such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. American spying in Western Europe came to light in classified documents leaked by former N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden.
Peter Thiel
Co-Founder of Paypal
FBC 09/21/2014
Thiel: There’s always this difficult issue, we have a terrorism problem, we have a national security problem and so I do think that it's very important for us to be doing things, things about this. And my criticism of the NSA is not that they’re collected all this data, but they really don't seem to know what they're doing with it. And so it's more like the keystone cops than like big brother where they couldn't figure out that someone in the I.T. Department wait s downloading these files and Mr. Snowden – it didn't even raise any red flags whereas the first thing an intelligence agency should do is counter intelligence. So I do think that we're collecting enormous amounts of data, there's a serious loss of privacy. If we were doing some useful things with that data, I’d be willing to have that tradeoff but I worry that it's been really incompetent.
Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman of Google
FBC 09/24/2014
Bartiromo: Is Edward Snowden, is he a hero do you think or is he a criminal? Schmidt: Well we spent a lot of time looking at what he did and it was helpful that we found that out, but we don't want to endorse bulk leaking. Because we don't want random people taking large amounts of data and making those public to the world. So I don’t think it’s a good idea in general. However, the revelations from Snowden showed us that the NSA had at least exceeded it’s initial mandate and Google has aggressively protected itself. We now use encryption for our data both at rest and in all the connections inbetween the computers so your information is the safest it could ever be on Google servers. Bartiromo: And when it comes to healthcare information the stakes are even that much higher. Schmidt: For the same reason. Bartiromo: For the same reason. Schmidt: But imagine again, the reason you wouldn’t want bulk leaking, is you can imagine some evil person taking personal health care records and illegally leaking all that to hurt people. You just don't want to encourage that.
Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman of Google
FBC 09/24/2014
Thiel: There’s always this difficult issue, we have a terrorism problem, we have a national security problem and so I do think that it's very important for us to be doing things, things about this. And my criticism of the NSA is not that they’re collected all this data, but they really don't seem to know what they're doing with it. Bartiromo: Do we know what we're doing with all this data? Schmidt: Well, the NSA doesn’t talk to us. So you’d have to ask the NSA. The current evidence is that the NSA data collection was not misused to violate the citizens of America, which would be illegal. However many of us expressed concerns that it could be misused.
Shirleen Allicot
Co-Anchor Action News at 4pm PHL17
WPHL 09/24/2014
Allicot: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is being honored. He is recipient of the Swedish human rights award. According to his web site at ward is given for courageous and effective work, human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combating climate change. The foundation also says that it will fund legal support for Snowden. The Department of Justice has charged Snowden. He faces up to 30 years in prison. He’s currently living in Russia
Hans von Spakofsky
Senior legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
KQED 09/25/2014
He’s (Eric Holder) opened up more leak investigations of classified information than any prior attorney generals combined. There's been a distinct pattern. Whenever a low-level individual could be found to be prosecuted, they've done, that but when leaks have been directly traced to coming out of the white house, leaks clearly intended to make the president look like he was tough on terrorism, those leak investigations have not been pursued and have not been prosecuted.
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